Responding to the Knock

The stores have been selling Christmas goods since October. Outdoor Christmas lights have been strung and lit since November. Christmas music has been played and Christmas trees decorated since the start of December. Months of preparation and planning for a single day. And finally, Christmas itself has arrived. The long-awaited holiday that shapes our spending, our celebrating, and … [Read more...]

Embraced by Mother God

With the advent of the holiday season, many of us will be spending a little extra time with family. Depending on your background and situation, this family-time may be a joyous occasion filled with many happy memories, or one choked with dread and despair.  Perhaps you find little reason to celebrate and the holidays bring about bitter memories and realizations of broken or unrealized … [Read more...]

Possible signs your tree is big…

1.  The tree must be pulled over by 10 kids and 2 adults while a 3rd adult saws it. 2.  More of the tree hangs OUT of the back of a full-size pickup than is IN it. 3.  The tree requires a remodel of the front doors to even get it in the house. 4.  An army is necessary to drag the tree inside. 5.  Even with the remodel, the tree still barely fits through the 5' double doors. 6. … [Read more...]

Christmas is all about presents…

When I was a kid growing up, Christmas was a big deal.  Well, I should say that  presents were a big deal.  We were given a lot of gifts by my parents – some practical things like socks and pajamas, and some fun things.  But without fail, my sister and I were always given one big gift each year – gifts like a bike, walkman, boom box or camera.  Sometimes that gift was waiting under the … [Read more...]